Stafanie Taylor up two places on ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings

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Stafanie Taylor up two places on ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings

by Wayde Brown

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor has moved up two spots to number 8 among batters on the latest release of the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s One Day International Rankings.

It comes after she compiled a series leading 158 runs, including two half-centuries, for the Windies women in the recent three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Dubai.

The in-form Deandra Dottin who moved up one place to number 20 and Hayley Mathews at 27 are the next highest placed West Indians.

India’s Smriti Mandhana meanwhile, leads the ODI Batting Rankings ahead of Ellyse Perry of Australia and Meg Lanning of New Zealand.

Taylor in the meantime is second behind Perry among all-rounders with Dottin in the no. 9 spot.

Among bowlers, Taylor continues to pace all West Indian at joint 13th alongside Dane van Niekerk of South Africa with Windies teammates Anisa Mohammed (25) and Shakera Selman – up 8 places to 26 – also in the top 30.

Pakistan’s Sana Mir continues to occupy the no.1 spot with Megan Schutt (Australia) and Jhulan Goswami (India) rounding out the top 3.

The Windies Women following their 2-1 series defeat to Pakistan are 5th on the ICC Women’s Championship table on 11 points.

Australia leads the way on 16, New Zealand are third on 14 followed by India and Pakistan on 12.

The top three teams along with World Cup 2021 host New Zealand will gain direct qualification for ICC’s pinnacle event. The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event in which they will be joined by six teams from four regions – Africa, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.



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Defending champions Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win in KPMG league

Defending champions Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win in KPMG league

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions, Cereal Killers will be looking for a repeat win as the 20th staging of the KPMG league gets underway tomorrow at the Liguanea club in new Kingston.

All Jamaica under 15 boys champion, Tobias Levy will be heading the Cerials line-up. However, standing firmly in their way are last year’s runner-up, the saints as well as 2018 semi-finalists, Stoneleigh coffee.

Another team to watch is former champions, the Milex eagles whose roster includes former Caribbean junior champions Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire as well as former all Jamaica junior champion, Tahjia Lumley.

Also in the mix are the newly formed power bolts which features junior national champions Savannah Thomson and Aman Dhiman, current holders of the under 13 titles.

At a ceremony held at the Liguanea club over the weekend, KPMG handed over their $300,000 sponsorship contribution to officially launch the tournament.

The 2019 KPMG squash league is scheduled to run for six-weeks and close to 60 players will contest the team-based handicap competition.



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12 In Custody following Police-Military Operation in August Town

A wanted man is among twelve people who are now in custody following a joint police/military operation in August Town where violence has erupted again.

A man was killed and another seriously injured shortly before noon yesterday.

Dead is Andrew Marriot, from Goldsmith Villa in August Town.

Reports are shortly before noon yesterday, Marriot was among a group of men who were attacked by heavily armed men.

Marriot and another man were shot. They were rushed to the hospital where Marriot was pronounced dead.

The other man was admitted in serious but stable condition.

Police say the men they picked up yesterday afternoon are from the Bedward Gardens area of the community.

The wanted man who was among those arrested was also found in possession of several rounds of ammunition.

There’s been a flare-up of violence in August Town since the start of the year.

Two people were killed on New Years day, while a number of others have been murdered in the past two months.

The police recently imposed a curfew in the area that covers parts of Goldsmith Villa, and are maintaining a heavy presence in the area.

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Caster Semenya expresses disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today

Caster Semenya expresses disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today

by Dwight Fraser

Caster Semenya has expressed her disappointment at a press release issued by the IAAF today in which the world athletics governing body disclosed the names of expert witnesses it plans to call before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Semenya, the women’s world 800 metres champion, arrived at the sports arrived at the Sports Tribunal in Lussane today to challenge proposed rules that could force her to lower her testosterone levels.

In a statement on its official website the IAAF revealed the names of experts supporting its Eligibility Regulations for athletes with disorder of sexual differentiation (DSD).



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Williams Instructs Petrojam Technical Team to Probe ‘Bad Gas’ Concerns

Newly appointed Energy Minister, Fayval Williams, has instructed a technical team at Petrojam to investigate reports about another batch of bad gas being produced at the state-owned oil refinery.

A resident from Portmore, St. Catherine, called our news centre recently, complaining of a foul odour coming from the refinery.

And a report in the Sunday Gleaner yesterday also claims that Petrojam employees have been complaining of an odour on the compound.

The newspaper also reports that a recent batch of fuel may be affecting the performance of some vehicles.

Minister Williams says in light of the reports, she met with the chairman of the board, Paul Hoo and Acting Manager at Petrojam, Telroy Morgan yesterday. She says she’ll update the country following additional meetings with entities which interact with Petrojam.

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Defending champions Cereal killers looking for a repeat in KPMG Squash league

Defending champions Cereal killers looking for a repeat in KPMG Squash league

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions, Cereal killers will be looking for a repeat win as the 20th staging of the KPMG league gets underway tomorrow at the Liguanea club in new Kingston.

All Jamaica under 15 boys champion, Tobias Levy will be heading the Cerials line-up. However, standing firmly in their way are last year’s runner-up, the saints as well as 2018 semi-finalists, Stoneleigh coffee.

Another team to watch is former champions, the Milex eagles whose roster includes former Caribbean junior champions Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire as well as former all Jamaica junior champion, Tahjia Lumley.

Also in the mix are the newly formed power bolts which features junior national champions savannah Thomson and Aman Dhiman, current holders of the under 13 titles.

At a ceremony held at the Liguanea club over the weekend, KPMG handed over their $300,000 sponsorship contribution to officially launch the tournament.

The 2019 KPMG squash league is scheduled to run for six-weeks and close to 60 players will contest the team-based handicap competition.



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Thousands Across Corporate Area Without Water after Collapse of Golden Bridge

Thousands of people across the corporate area are without water this morning, following the collapse of the Golden Bridge in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, yesterday.

The collapsed bridge is also forcing thousands more to seek alternative routes out of their communities in order to get to work or school.

Communications Manager at the National Water Commission, NWC, Charles Buchanan, says the collapse of the bridge has forced the Commission to shut down it’s fourth largest treatment plant in the corporate area.

Mr. Buchanan says the NWC will assess the damage today to determine how long customers will be without water.

Reports are shortly before 10 yesterday morning, a heavy duty truck was traveling along the bridge when it partially collapsed.

Rubble from the collapsed bridge fell onto NWC pipes that take water from the Seaview Treatment Plant into sections of the corporate area.

Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, says approximately 2,000 people in different communities are served by the Golden Bridge. She says there will be major disruptions for people traversing the communities.

Meanwhile, Kingston’s Mayor, Delroy Williams says a technical team will visit the area today to asses the damage. He says the team will also try to determine alternative routes for the thousands of people affected by the collapsed bridge.

Mayor Williams says initial assessments suggest the bridge will have to be completely rebuilt.

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There are report that Cardiff City could launch a negligence claim against Nantes

There are report that Cardiff City could launch a negligence claim against Nantes

by Dwight Fraser

There are report that Cardiff City could launch a negligence claim against Nantes as soon as next week if an official report finds Emiliano Sala was flown to his death by a pilot who did not have the correct licence. 

Premier League side Cardiff already find themselves involved in a legal dispute with French side Nantes over whether they are contractually obliged to pay a transfer fee for the Argentinian striker, who died without playing a game for the Welsh side.

Nantes reportedly demand the first installment of the fee last week but Cardiff’s insurance is believed to only cover around half of the total costs, which would also include agent’s fees and the player’s salary over the course of his three-year contract.

Sala had signed for Cardiff for a club record £15 million and was flying to his new team from former side Nantes in France when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.

The wreckage was located on the seabed. Sala’s body was recovered but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing. The aircraft remains under the sea.

Details of how Sala died, and who was responsible, could be clarified in the coming days by Britain’s Air Accidents Investigations Bureau, which had previously said it intended to publish an interim report into the crash within a month of it occurring.

The Telegraph said an internal Cardiff inquiry had found no evidence that Ibbotson held the licence necessary to carry passengers on a commercial basis.

If the AAIB report upholds this view, it may constitute the basis for a claim of negligence against whoever recruited Ibbotson as the pilot for Sala’s flight.

Agents Willie and Mark McKay have said they arranged Sala’s flight but did not select the plane or pilot. The pair had been working for Nantes.

A successful negligence claim against Nantes would reduce the transfer fee that Cardiff owed the French club.

And that payment could decrease further if Cardiff can show that Sala’s transfer was incomplete at the time of his death because he had not yet been registered to play in the Premier League.



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AG: Ramharrack gag was wrong

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Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte discusses with Prime Minister Andrew Holness a section of the ministry paper on the use of non-disclosure agreements in public-sector contracts in Gordon House on Tuesday.

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte says the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) between the scandal-ridden state-owned oil refinery Petrojam and its former human resource manager Yolande Ramharrack was “ill-advised”.

“Non-disclosure clauses are useful where there is a good reason to protect the information being held confidential. I think we can all agree that the use of the non-disclosure agreement in that contract in question was ill-advised and bad. I don’t think there is doubt at all about it, in light of all of the circumstances,” Malahoo Forte, who advises the Cabinet on legal matters, told The Gleaner. “But we shouldn’t throw away a good tool because it has been poorly, badly or ill-advisedly applied in a particular case.”

Last week, details of Ramharrack’s $13.3-million deal with Petrojam, which were initially shielded from the public under an NDA, were made public. She walked away with $4.1 million after deductions.

Ramharrack, who was hired without the required academic qualifications, was facing 19 disciplinary charges for allegedly utilising her position to cause improper use of Petrojam funds, among other things, when she resigned. The settlement agreement was signed on November 14 and approved the following day.

In an interview withThe Gleaner after the ceremonial opening of Parliament last Thursday, Malahoo Forte said that while NDAs are not uncommon, the one signed with Ramharrack was not appropriate.

“Settlement agreements are not uncommon, termination agreements are not uncommon, use of confidentiality clauses is not uncommon. In the particular circumstances of the HR manager, I think that the use of the confidentiality clause was wrong,” the attorney general said.

policy to fix issue

She expressed hope that a policy direction tabled in Parliament recently will iron out these issues.

“Statutory bodies can be sued and sue in their own right, and they can consult with their own lawyer. You’d note that the recent policy direction that was tabled in Parliament mandates the statutory bodies – the board of the bodies – to consult with the relevant minister if there’s an issue in respect of a non-disclosure agreement that is likely to be controversial. So if you look on the three-pronged guidance that has been given by the prime minster, it should cover, once implemented, the issues that arose in the Petrojam matter,” Malahoo-Forte said.

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PNP’s Andrea Moore vows to campaign after Bloomfield’s burial

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Andrea Moore

Andrea Moore, the woman who has spent years positioning herself to be the People’s National Party’s standard-bearer for the constituency of Portland East, has made it clear that as soon as former Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield is buried, she will resume her campaign.

Moore, an attorney-at-law, had defeated Bloomfield in a vote in the run-up to the last general election in 2016. However, Bloomfield was allowed to remain as the PNP’s candidate for the constituency.

He eventually won against the Jamaica Labour Party’s Derron Wood by more than 2,000 votes, despite the tension caused by the political tussle between himself and Moore.

Three years after his second election victory, he was killed, leaving a vacancy in Parliament.

And although the leadership of the PNP has said it will be selecting the next candidate to contest the by-election when announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Moore appears to be raring to go as the frontrunner.

“It is expected that following the thanksgiving for the life of Comrade Bloomfield, the process of choosing a candidate-successor will begin,” Moore wrote in a message to her “East Portland family”.

“And at that time, I will resume my campaign to represent you,” she added.

Moore could face resistance as PNP insiders have said the party is looking beyond Moore for Bloomfield’s successor.

Last year, Ann-Marie Vaz was introduced to the constituency as the JLP’s caretaker.

Since then, she has been actively campaigning, but said she would suspend her activities until Bloomfield has been buried.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given no indication as to when he intends to send the constituents of Portland East to the polls though Dr Horace Chang, the JLP’s general secretary, has said the prime minister would announce a by-election date “soon”.

Bloomfield’s funeral will take place on Saturday at the Open Bible Church, Folly Road, at 11 a.m.

He will be interred at Prospect Cemetery.

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